They’re all, not just BBC Scotland, headlining the tragic death by knife of a 14 year-old yesterday in Glasgow.
They should. I understand but they should also inform their audience with some context so that they can react to it emotionally and behaviourally in proportion. They don’t.
How common is such a crime in Scotland? Five children have been murdered in Scotland in the last 21 years, since Kriss Donald in 2004. It is a very rare crime.
How common is knife crime? Public perceptions of carrying suggest it has fallen from 22% to 12% in the last 10 years and actual occurrences have fallen dramatically
How common is murder? Murder has fallen from 120 in 1999/2000 to 64 in 2019/2020.
For more background, see this:
Between April 2006 and April 2011, 40 children and teenagers were killed in homicides involving a knife in Scotland; between 2011 and 2016, that figure fell to just eight. The decline has been most precipitous in Glasgow, which once had one of the highest murder rates in western Europe.https://www.theguardian.com/membership/2017/dec/03/how-scotland-reduced-knife-deaths-among-young-people